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ELK 498E - Photovoltaic Systems

Course Objectives

Increasing energy demand, depletable fossil fuels with their adverse effect on the environment and the governmental regulations of clean energy sources lead to an increase usage of photovoltaic systems around the world. With the advantages such as having free and inexhaustible energy source, no mechanical moving parts, no noise, no pollution, very long lifetime and declining prices of PV modules, the market of photovoltaic systems has been steadily growing about 30% a year, reaching to 744MW in 2003. Only a tiny part of the total solar radiation reaching the surface of earth each year is sufficient to supply global electricity demand. The aim of this course is to provide necessary knowledge about the modeling, design and analysis of various PV systems and show that PV is an economically viable, environmentally sustainable alternative to the world's energy supplies.

Course Description

Introduction to photovoltaic (PV) systems. Solar energy potential and solar radiation, PV effect, conversion of solar energy into electrical energy, solar cells and basic structure, electrical characteristics of the solar cell, solar cell arrays, PV modules, PV generators, interfacing PV modules to loads, energy storage alternatives for PV systems, power conditioning and maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms, inverter control topologies for stand-alone and grid-connected operation, stand-alone PV systems, grid-connected (utility interactive) PV systems.

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Deniz Yıldırım
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